Futurestates is the online series of sci-fi shorts that tackle the future of American society by grappling with questions of discrimination, environmental issues, other worlds and more. The series will release a new short online every Wednesday from April 24 - June 5th.
Rose Troche leads the lineup with her film, "Elliot King is Third" about transgender people living in a future where everyone is identified by a microchip implant, including everything from gender to financial information. Being labeled as a third, or transgender, has dangerous implications for a society used to dealing with just male or female labels. Troche was a director and writer for the Showtime series, "The L Word" which ran for 5 seasons.
Watch her film below:
Read more about the other films below:
Refuge (May 1, 2013)
By Mohammad Gorjestani
A cyber attack on the United States Immigration database puts Sonia at risk of being deported back to Iran. But remaining in the U.S. may come at a greater price than she's willing to pay.
(May 8, 2013)
By Joe Turner Lin & Justin Marshall
Refugees from the dystopian future are immigrating to the past, and citizen watch groups have formed to stop them. On his first "border patrol," teenage Jackson must choose between his father's principles and his own sense of humanity.
Return to Elektra Springs
(May 15, 2013)
By Christopher Munch
Retired inventor Will Friedrich and his son are forced to evacuate their home during a tsunami. As they make their way east, they encounter a pioneering community that leads Will to consider returning to his work in free energy.
(May 22, 2013)
By Julian Breece
Organ Harvesting Initiative surgeon Isaac North visits a Colorado refugee town where quadriplegic Luther Hillman has signed up to be euthanized in return for his family's medical care, his organs harvested for more "productive" citizens.
(May 29, 2013)
By Lisa Robinson The web is no longer secure, but NeuroLock™ can encrypt data using the human brain. Iris struggles to choose between unemployment and a job as a "neuro-messenger," a career with unwanted side effects. http://futurestates.tv/episodes/hollow
Children of the Northern Lights
(June 5, 2013 )
By Andrew Okpeaha MacLean
Two astronauts on a prospecting mission to find a new supply of energy crash land on a distant planet, where alien beings offer a chance at survival -- but at great cost. http://futurestates.tv/episodes/children-of-the-northern-lights